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Here’s an ad for an old box of men game that looks disturbingly like a Renaissance depiction of hell

May 20, 2013


The classic “box of men,” an assortment of miniature plastic soldiers frozen in various martial poses, is a fairly harmless (if militaristic) toy rite of male youth. But this ad certainly oversells the combat aspect of the game it hawks, making it look like a bloody, savage, chaotic mess, with people firing at faces at point-blank range and dead bodies littering the ground. Like war, yes, but a bit much compared to the usual, somewhat sanitized “bang, you’re dead” games of youth. It reminds one a bit of old paintings like this Heironymus Bosch-ish work, Christ in Limbo — all it lacks are a few naked sinners being flayed and dismembered:

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  1. Chris permalink
    May 21, 2013 1:05 pm

    I was thinking something by Bruegel myself.

    • May 21, 2013 3:57 pm

      Fair enough. I’m just partial to the giant frog-looking thing.

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